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Harvard Business Review: Building A Real-time Covid-19 Early-warning System

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Written by Scott Weingarten MD, MPH, consultant to the CEO and Professor of Medicine at Cedars-Sinai, CEO of Stanson Health, Chief Clinical and Innovation Officer at Premier, Inc
Jonathan R. Slotkin MD, Vice Chair of Neurosurgery and Associate Chief Medical Informatics Officer at Geisinger, Chief Medical Officer of Contigo Health
Mike Alkire president of Premier, Inc

Efforts to slow the spread of Covid-19 in the U.S have been stymied by the lack of an effective national surveillance system that can track the emergence of suspected and confirmed new cases in real-time. This is in part because important patient data is trapped in siloed electronic health record systems that don’t communicate well with each other; a new case of suspected Covid-19 in one health system could be invisible to another in the same community, blinding the systems and public health officials to Covid-19 hotspots that may be developing right in front of them.

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